According to our Emmy experts from major media outlets, the hard-fought battle for Best Drama Actress will be won by either Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) or Claire Foy (“The Crown”). Moss plays an enslaved handmaid named Offred on the Hulu hit, who tries to survive in the male-dominated regime of Gilead. And Foy takes on the role of young Queen Elizabeth II on Netflix’s regal drama, a performance that’s already been coronated by the SAG Awards and Golden Globes.
As of this writing 16 journalists have made their predictions at Gold Derby, and these 12 believe that Moss will win: Debra Birnbaum (Variety), Eric Deggans (NPR), Joyce Eng (TV Guide), Matthew Jacobs (Huffington Post), Kerr Lordygan (Rotten Tomatoes), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Lynette Rice (Entertainment Weekly), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone), Ken Tucker (Yahoo), Adnan Virk (ESPN), Glenn Whipp (Los Angeles Times) and Jarett Wieselman (Buzzfeed). This is Moss’s eighth career Emmy nomination after six bids for “Mad Men” and another for “Top of the Lake.”
Meanwhile, the other four of our Emmy prognosticators predict that Foy will be the category’s winner: Robert Rorke (New York Post), Matt Roush (TV Guide Magazine), Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby) and Anne Thompson (Indiewire). Foy is close to being only the fourth actress to date to win the Emmy, the Golden Globe and the SAG Award within the same TV season. The only three ladies to accomplish this feat are Gillian Anderson (“The X-Files”), Edie Falco (“The Sopranos”) and Claire Danes (“Homeland”).
None of our Emmy experts are currently predicting a victory for any other Best Drama Actress nominees, but Viola Davis (“How to Get Away with Murder”) comes in third place based on their rankings. She’s back for the third year in a row after prevailing in this category in 2015. Davis, of course, is a recent Oscar champ for “Fences,” which could help her prevail at the Emmys for portraying cunning lawyer Annalise Keating on the addictive ABC drama.
Rounding out the category are Robin Wright (“House of Cards”), Evan Rachel Wood (“Westworld”) and Keri Russell (“The Americans”). Which leading lady do YOU think will prevail at the 2017 Emmys?
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